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Thomas  Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter

Thomas Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter
  • March 12, 1943 - June 5, 2016
  • Log Cabin, TX and Richland, Michigan
  • Special Olympics-Area 16
    C% Central Michigan University
    Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

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“Please accept my sincere condolences during ths most difficult time. I met Tom way back when we both lived in Milwood; I lived on Miles Ave., I...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Tom Stamp - Waterford, MI

“Hi Nancy: So sorry to hear of Tom's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Dave & Terri Bruininks ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: David Bruininks - Kalamazoo, MI

“I didnt know tom that well but im best friends with his daughter my boyfriend and i went to her house one time for breakfast I'll keep his family in...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Cherrie Buckner - Augusta, MI

“So sorry for your loss, Nancy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time.May God hold you in the palm of his hand and may...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Penny hoffman - Pawleys Island, SC

“Nancy, I'm so sorry for you loss. May God and your family get you thru this difficult time. Luann (Homan) Bigelow ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“One of the great guys you meet during lifes journey. It was always great to work with Tom. Nancy, Jessica, Rick , sorry to hear about Tom. You must...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Jason Bohl - Otsego, MI

“Sadly, we lost a very dear long-time friend. Tom was a person of strong Christian faith who was called home to be in the loving presence of our Lord...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Hugh & Gee Flickinger - Scotts, MI

“Tom and I met back in the early 1950's when our families moved to Southern Avenue in Milwood...same age, same mischievous ideas and many many trips...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Tom Bergner - Chicago

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Thomas Edward "Tom" Ruckstaetter of Richland, MI and Log Cabin, TX

Tom, age 73, died peacefully at his residence and with his loving family by his side on Sunday morning, June 5, 2016.

Tom, the son of George A. and Ruth (Sturtz) Ruckstaetter, was born in Oak Park, IL on March 12, 1943; moved to Michigan in the early 50's and was a 1961 graduate of Portage High School. He was a Sales Engineer for Richland Machine & Pump Company for 20 years, retiring in 2005. Tom was a long time member of Gull Lake Bible Church and also Faith Community Baptist Church of Log Cabin, TX, where he and his wife, Nancy wintered 6 months of the year. He was an avid hunter; enjoyed playing his guitar; was constantly puttering in his garden and taking care of his lawn. Tom was a huge Gilmore Car Museum enthusiast having been spent many hours at the different shows, and he enjoyed reading about the Civil War and the Marines in WWII in the Pacific. Tom will best be remembered for the lasting friendships he cultivated - some remaining strong for over 60 years.

Tom was united in marriage to Nancy A. (nee: Schewe) on November 30, 1974 in Portage, MI. Surviving is his wife on 42 years, Nancy; his daughter, Jessica L. Ruckstaetter of Portage; his son, Richard J. "Rick" (Susan) Ruckstaetter of Midlothian, TX; two precious grandchildren, Abigail J. and Elizabeth G. Ruckstaetter; his father, George A. Ruckstaetter of Carol Stream, IL and a brother, James (Patricia) Ruckstaetter of Chicago, IL. Tom was preceded in death by his mom, Ruth.

The Funeral Service to celebrate Tom's life will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the Gull Lake Bible Church, 1491 Midland Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060 with the Rev. Gary T. Cantrell, Pastor, officiating. Family and friends will continue Tom's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon in the Church Social Hall immediately following the Service. Tom's family will greet friends on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89) and one hour prior to the Service at the Church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tom's honor may be directed to Special Olympics Area 16, 4024 Student Recreation Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49071.